With an ethnographic study conducted in a small French seaside village on the Landes coast as a starting point, this article examines the forms of temporary anchorings of a certain category of workers maintaining a discontinuous relation with work, space and time: the mobile bi-seasonal employees in tourism. Three ways of dealing with their seasonal workplace are discussed; first in terms of their entry and seniority; second in terms of contrasting patterns of assimilation which at first are highly individualized and then, viewed in a longitudinal manner, converge; and third as a tendency towards permanent settlement of a part of these workers on the Atlantic coastal region. This approach allows highlighting the peculiar and evolving role of the seasonal workers for the place to which they come to for temporary work, form social networks and, ultimately, a way of life, being and thinking.
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Gentil Aurélien: Entre mobilités saisonnières et carrière d’installation permanente : trois manières d’habiter l’espace-temps saisonnier estival [Between Seasonal Mobility and Permanent Career Settlement: Threes Ways to Inhabit the Space-Time of the Summer Season]
Duchêne-Lacroix, Cédric, and Pascal Mäder, eds. Hier und Dort: Ressourcen und Verwundbarkeiten in multilokalen Lebenswelten. 34 Itinera. Basel: Société Suisse d’histoire, 2013.
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